Duchess Of Cambridge's Chelsea Garden Inspired By 'Forest Bathing', But What Is It?

Rachel Moss

We’ve embraced the Danish principle of Hygge and the Norwegian concept of Skogluft, but now there’s a new wellbeing trend on everyone’s radar: Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese activity of ‘forest bathing’. 

Forest bathing is the simple pastime of just being in the forest. Unlike hiking through woodland, it’s about feeling present – immersing yourself in nature and allowing its calming scents and sights to wash over you.

The Duchess Of Cambridge’s newly unveiled Chelsea garden is reportedly inspired by the concept. 

Landscape architect Andrée Davies, who worked closely with Kate on the project, told The Telegraph she brought the concept to meetings, noting how office workers escape to the trees in Japan for lunchtime respite. 

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British practitioner Faith Douglas offers forest bathing as a therapeutic activity for military veterans, via the Help For Heroes charity.

“Forest bathing gives you an overall feeling of calm,” she previously told HuffPost UK. “You are more relaxed and clear-headed but also energised and connected, not just to the natural space but to the people around you, as well.”

On Twitter, people are already sharing their positive experiences of forest bathing since embracing the concept.